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do any of you guys do melt and pour soaps? id like to start. making soap from scratch scares me, (the lye and all that) and i think id prefer to make translucent soaps. i browsed a book at borders, but it wasnt very in depth. do you have a book you could recommend? what sort of soaps do you make? is it just for fun, or do you do them for gifts or whatnot? something that i find really appealing about soapmaking is that the utensils and bowls will clean right up. that has to be nice. ive done quite a few things with melting beeswax, and its horrible to clean up.

 
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Originally Posted by haloinrverse do any of you guys do melt and pour soaps? id like to start. making soap from scratch scares me, (the lye and all that) and i think id prefer to make translucent soaps. i browsed a book at borders, but it wasnt very in depth. do you have a book you could recommend? what sort of soaps do you make? is it just for fun, or do you do them for gifts or whatnot? something that i find really appealing about soapmaking is that the utensils and bowls will clean right up. that has to be nice. ive done quite a few things with melting beeswax, and its horrible to clean up. Yes,I've done some melt and pour with glycerine(lye free) and super simples..You can get basic instructions at:http://www.pvsoap.com/instructionsformelt.htm Also check out sweetcakes.com for all your supplies..I love their fragranced oils
 
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thanks.
i already have a ton of herbs and essential oils left over from other projects, so now i need to head out and get some base pigments, and fragrance oils.

i checked out several books from the library and they have some cute projects. most of the ones that appealed to me are seasonal (haloween and winter) so i need a project for the summer!

 
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Originally Posted by haloinrverse thanks.
i already have a ton of herbs and essential oils left over from other projects, so now i need to head out and get some base pigments, and fragrance oils.
i checked out several books from the library and they have some cute projects. most of the ones that appealed to me are seasonal (haloween and winter) so i need a project for the summer!

Just an idea..But how about seashell shaped soaps or soaps with little seashell in the middle?
 
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thanks for the ebay tip, bad angel.


seashell sopas sound like a good idea! i think i want to start with rectangular loaves for now, but i was considering getting some molds for individual round and rectangular soaps. embedding seashells would work well with those. is there a problem with a rough item like that poking through when the soap has started to dissolve?

 

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